Children & Youth

The Humber Community YMCA is committed to supporting children and families by fostering childrens’ physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth.  This is accomplished through the delivery of quality childcare programs that provide a stimulating learning experience in a safe and secure environment.

The YMCA is the largest provider of not-for-profit child care in Canada.  The Humber Community YMCA offers a child care program aimed at providing children with the best start in life.

Throughout our programs, the Humber Community YMCA programs teach children about the values of respect, honesty, responsibility, caring and inclusiveness, while building on the critical factors needed by children to thrive and become healthy, caring and resilient adults.

For families who are unable to afford child care, the YMCA offers financial assistance.

Professional Staff

The YMCA staff serve as positive role models who ensure a safe environment where each child is respected and nurtured.

Staff are seleted for their maturity, experience and skill with children.  YMCA staff possess Early Childhood Education Certification, First Aid and a Certificate of Conduct.

Summer Day Camp

The Humber Community YMCA is proud to offer a quality Summer Day Camp experience for children aged 5 – 12. (Children must be either beginning school in September or turning 5 by December 31) At the YMCA Summer Day Camp we believe in helping children experience personal growth and development in spirit, mind and body.

Camp activities spark both interest and imagination through fun, challenging activities for children that are safe and age appropriate.  Our Summer Day Camp offers exciting experiences and opportunities for individual expression and creativity and a balance of structure and personal choice.  Campers will learn about themselves and their community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and self worth.

Parents and guardians can be sure their children are in safe, capable hands when they are with YMCA staff and volunteers.

Our YMCA values, Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, Caring and Inclusion are the building blocks of all YMCA programs.

Camp Staff & Volunteers

YMCA Camp Counselors serve as positive role models while ensuring a safe environment where each child is respected and nurtured.

Camp Counselors are selected for their maturity, experience and skill with children.  Our Coordinators are ECE certified and Counselors have certification in First Aid/CPR and receive training in leadership, safety and emergency procedures.  Volunteers are selected based on their experience and commitment to the YMCA.  All staff and volunteers must provide a Certificate of Conduct.

Registration for Summer Day Camp is ongoing throughout the summer.  Be sure to include your child’s MCP number when completing the registration form.  

Where:  C.C. Loughlin Elementary

Only offered to parents/guardians who are working

Registration:        Campers must be registered by 5:30pm on Thursdays of each week prior to attending camp the following week. (FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED)

When:             Details for 2021 will be released by the end of May. 

Time:              Monday – Friday,  8:00am to 5:00pm 

Cost:               $100.00/ week  (Cash or Debit Only) Be prepared to pay in full for all the weeks you require summer camp (up to $620) as spaces are limited.          

                        $20.00 non-refundable registration fee/per family                   

Ages:              5-12 years (Children must be turning 5 by December 31) 

Child spaces available:       20 spaces available

YMCA Preschool Programs (September – June)

Location: Kinsmen Center, St. Mark’s Avenue, Corner Brook.

Time: Tuesday & Thursday and/or Wednesday & Friday; 9:00am – 12:00pm (From September – June)

Ages: 2 years, 9 months – 5 years, 9 months

Fees:  $12.00 a day for the first child
$11.00 a day for each additional child

Child Care Philosophy

At the YMCA, we believe that each child learns and develops at a different pace that is as individual as the children themselves. Daily activities at our centre, might include arts, music, science, outings and free play. Using a play- based approach, we as caregivers can share our skills, interests and enthusiasm to provide opportunities for the children to select, plan and implement these activities.

We believe that children thrive in a safe and secure environment and that the environment must be flexible and inclusive to accommodate the individual needs, interests and abilities of all children. As YMCA caregivers, we act as positive role models and implement all aspects of our program acknowledging and incorporating individual needs, interests and abilities of the child.

We embrace diversity by supporting our children and families, encouraging the sharing of culture and acknowledging our individual uniqueness. YMCA caregivers provide activities, materials and opportunity to celebrate this diversity in our centres.

We believe that quality childcare will enable children to develop a healthy self-image by being supportive of their needs and interests. The YMCA provides opportunities and experiences which enhance a child’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

We believe quality childcare will benefit our families by forming a relationship of trust with open lines of communication whereby, both the care givers and parents are informed of any and all needs of the child.

We believe that quality childcare will benefit our community by cultivating the next generation of leaders, teachers, doctors etc., by setting a standard of care that ensures our children reach their full potential.